The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned a second wave of the coronavirus this year could be worse because it will coincide with flu season.
“There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said in an interview with The Washington Post.
“And when I’ve said this to others, they kind of put their head back, they don’t understand what I mean.”
Redfield told the Post that having two respiratory outbreaks would burden the health care system.
Redfield has warned previously that the United States will feel the impact of the virus in months and years ahead, saying during an interview with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in February the virus “is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year.”
During a CNN coronavirus town hall in April, Redfield said next year “will be another challenging time,” adding “I want to be able to have it so that we respond to it next year with the fundamental of public health — early case identification, isolation, contact tracing,” in order to avoid serious mitigation steps.